3rd Grade

3rd grade lesson plans, slideshows, and other resources for the EL Education curriculum

Math resources, lesson plans and curricular support for 3rd grade

Science resources for 3rd grade, including support for FOSS

Assessments, plans,  and resources for the Benchmark curriculum

EL Education is the provider of the new ELA curriculum that has been adopted by OUSD for grades K-5, starting in the 2021-22 school year.* The curriculum is standards-based, and relies heavily on fiction and nonfiction trade books. OUSD teachers can find EL Education materials and lesson plans at EL Ed Central.  

* OUSD Dual Language schools use the Benchmark Education curriculum for language instruction.

Module 1

Overcoming Learning Challenges Near and Far

Why are education, books, and reading important? How can I overcome learning challenges?

Module 2

Adaptations and the Wide World of Frogs

How does an author engage the reader in a narrative? How do experts build knowledge and share expertise about a topic? How do frogs survive?

Module 3

Exploring Literary Classics

How do writers capture a reader's imagination?  What can we learn from reading literary classics?

Module 4

Water Around the World

Why are the world's freshwater sources threatened? Due to rainfall, freshwater is not distributed equally around the world. How do people persuade others to take action to contribute to a better world?

Eureka Math2 (Eureka Math "Squared")   is the adopted OUSD curriculum for elementary schools.  The curriculum is aligned to California Common Core standards, which describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade.


Module 1

Multiplication and Division

with Units of 2, 3, 4, 5, and


Module 2

Place Value Concepts

Through Metric



Module 3

Multiplication and Division 

with Units of 0, 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9 

Module 4

Multiplication and Area


Module 5

Fractions as Numbers

Module 6

Geometry, Measurement, and Data 

For elementary science instruction, OUSD uses FOSS (Full Option Science System), a research-based science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. This curriculum emphasizes hands-on activities and is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The order of the three modules varies from school to school, depending on the rotation of physical science kits at each school site.

Physical Science

Motion and Matter

What causes objects to move?

How can we use tools to measure the mass of materials in mixtures?


Earth Science

Water and Climate

How do Earth’s geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere interact to create a sustainable environment for life?


Life Science

Structures of Life

Where do organisms come from?

How do they survive?

How are all the different kinds of plants and animals able to continue to exist on earth?


3rd Grade Academic Milestones (for families)

Milestones_3rd Grade.pdf